Home of Record: Newhall, CA
Date of Birth: 11/28/1935
Service: Army of the United States
Grade at Loss: W2
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer
ID No: W3160264
Specialty (MOS): 062B: Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Length of Service: 03
Unit: B CO, 1ST AVN BN, 1ST INF DIV, USARV
Start Tour: 05/02/1968
Incident Date: 04/23/1969
Casualty Date: 04/23/1969
Age at Loss: 33
Location: Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of other causes
Casualty Reason: Helicopter Pilot
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land
Vietnam Memorial Wall: Panel W26 Line 34
The tragedy of Vietnam death has hit close to home in Valencia Valley again.
Warrant Officer Stephen R. Peterson of Newhall was killed April 23 in a midair helicopter collision during a night raid in Vietnam.
The 21-year-old son of Ray and Margaret Peterson of Newhall was a 1965 graduate of Hart High School.
Graveside services are pending in San Diego.
The young serviceman is also survived by his brother Robert Peterson of Huntington Beach; a stepsister, Linda Sissener of Saugus; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. George Peterson of South Dakota and four nieces.